That both of these realities co-existconditions of deprivation for the vast majority and increasing wealth and power for a tiny minorityraises questions about fighting racism today. This article will attempt to address these questions.
What are the conditions under which this fight will unfold? What is the possibility of building a movement that can actually take on the Bush agenda and the broader challenges of fighting for racial justice in the U. The state of Black America The statistics, which are the clearest barometers for determining and measuring the quality of life in American society, show that African Americans continue to lag behind whites in every possible category.
Bush made a five-day whirlwind trip across the African continent.
His first stop was Goree Island in Senegal, through which many thousands of Africans once passed before being herded onto slave ships.
Candidate Bush ran as a "uniter, not divider" and coined the phrase "compassionate conservative" as a way of describing his approach to politics and policy decisions.
The formula is familiar: Acknowledge that the problem exists, while actively undermining any effort to deal with the problem.
Americas long experience with the segregation we have put behind us and the racial discrimination we still struggle to overcome requires a special effort to make real the promise of equal opportunity for all.
Here Bush makes the case for affirmative actionpointing out the persistence of racial inequalityyet concludes, as evidenced by actually filing the brief, that affirmative action programs aimed at redressing racial discrimination should be dismantled by the federal courts.
The racial bigotry fed by slavery did not end with slavery or with segregation.
And many of the issues that still trouble America have roots in the bitter experience of other times.